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  1. Add possibility to connect to ssh/scp server via ssh tunnel

    I have some machines to which I can not make a direct connection, but I have to connect via another machine (also via ssh). This is partially possible now by using the "send commands" feature of Penguinet, but it is not very convenient and does not work for SCP sessions. WinSCP supports this already

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    This is already technically possible (see below), but I see your point. We could make this easier, such as building a dependency between connections.


    Do this by:
    1. Starting a first connection with a tunnel (from local-machine port 2222, via machine A, to machine B port 22, say)
    2. Start a second connection via that tunnel (setting in profiles
    window: host localhost, port 2222).

  2. transparency

    Would really like windows to have the option of being transparent, much like the ubuntu terminals, especially when they are detached.

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  3. Custom workspace layout

    I'd like to have the ability to open several connections at once in a consistent, recallable "workspace" layout.

    EG: Open load monitoring connections on all our servers (profiles are already configured to run "top") and tile them the same way every time.

    I should be able to:
    - open connections and arrange them the way I want them to be forevermore
    - hit "Save Workspace" and give the workspace a name
    - recall the workspace from the profiles window (could be a separate root tree below the profiles)

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  4. Option to limit to single instance

    Have an option "Allow only one instance of PenguiNet". If PenguiNet icon is clicked and it's already open, it can bring this other instance to focus. This is done by IE8 in Win7. New windows can be opened from there.

    This is much better than having a windows tab full of programs with multiple tabs inside them.

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  5. Add support for client-side scripting

    It would be nice if a Penguinet session could be initiated and controlled from a script. This would allow us to automate SSH sessions (for example, to automate changes to equipment). I'd like the capability to either launch Penguinet from a batch file specifying a script to run or have API access to Penguinet functions from an existing scripting language (VBScript, Perl, etc.) The feature should not require any user interaction via GUI.

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    You can already get part-way to what you want to do. Take a look at Help|Contents→Getting started|Command line options and Session|Connection profiles→Send commands. It’s not full scripting, but it will allow you to start PN from a batch file and execute a series of commands.

    We’ll review the options for scripting.

  6. Send command to multiple windows

    One of the things we do right now is execute the same commands on many servers simultaneously. For instance to update all proprietary software or to verify configuration. It would be nice to be able to send any arbitrary command to all open windows ( anything from a simple ls, to the execution of a script file) so that I type 'ls -al' once, but see the output of that on all 16 open windows.

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  7. Add codepage support

    This might already be an option, but I couldn't find it...it would be nice to be able to specify which codepage to use for character translation in a session. For instance, there are times when I need CP437.

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  8. Improve the tab appearance

    I love the titlebar/status configurations, but can you do the same for the tabs? I frequently have 10-20 windows open, and it's difficult to distinguish between them. It would be nice to have 2 fields here, tab display and tab hover. The idea would be something like my tab shows "box1234", but when I hover over it it gives the full detail (e.g. box1234 - Fabrication test box). For now I've using descriptive profile names, but adding a description to the profile would really be helpful for this as well.

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    We are considering adding an option to Connection Profiles > Appearance to allow you to define the tab name / mouse-over and also simply displaying much more information in the mouse-over.

  9. Add Snippets - commands we can pre-write and auto-run

    I'm coming from SSH Explorer and they had this neat toolbar up top that allowed you to create groups and custom commands. Then all you had to do was select the group and you could auto-run that command you wrote. It is kinda like having batch scripts ready to go in your ssh client. Was great for installing/running scripts that I have to do almost on a daily basis with the servers I manage. To get a better idea of what I'm talking about, go download the SSH Explorer free trial and see how they have it.

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  10. Ability to specify custom directory where settings and profiles are kept

    Would it be possible to do this? VanDyke's SecureCRT does this which I find very helpful as my company requires that I store the settings and profiles on an encrypted disk if I want to be able to work from home. By using a custom folder and setting it to the encrypted disk I'm able to make a change to the settings or profiles at home and have it picked up automatically at work and vice-versa.

    I really like PenguiNet and would like o switch to it from SecureCRT but this is a deal-breaker for me at the moment.

    Thanks…

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    Hi,
    How many of the settings do you need to be stored on the encrypted disk? Absolutely everything, or just the details for connecting to a host? Would using an encrypted USB stick be an option?

  11. add "send text file" option

    It would be great to be able to make/take canned config files (routers, etc) and upload them line by line automatically like in hyperterm. (see transfer menu in hyperterm)

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  12. dynamic port forwarding

    Can you please add the feature (which is in SecureCRT and Putty) to add dynamic ssh port forwarding. This would be very useful for me and my operations team.

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  13. Penguinet isn't working with Dropbear (on OpenWRT routers)

    Even version 2.70 of Penguinet won't connect properly to Dropbear as built for OpenWRT routers. No errors, says 'Connected', but no text output, typing does nothing.

    That accounts for about half my usage, and using alternative SSH clients gets old really quickly...

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  14. Add quick open text box

    Instead of having to navigate my very large tree of hosts, it would be nice to have a quick open text input box that you could type in the connection name. This could also provide suggestions based on the users input.

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  15. Z-Modem support

    Implementing z-modem support, with resume.

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  16. Synchronize Directories

    Synchronize files/directories between Local and Remote sources

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    PenguiNet already has a feature to allow local files to be uploaded automatically after editing. Would that help?

    In general, the concept of synchronisation sounds useful. Please can you provide more information on the kind of features you would use?

  17. Allow tab renaming

    I should be able to rename a tab. For example, right click -> rename. Sometimes I'll open quite a few windows to a build box. I'd like to be able to rename them based on what product I'm working on. So this isn't a case of a different profile, just more of a temporary rename for that session.

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  18. problem getting onto server using SCP session?

    I have about 50 server I connect to. Many different Unix and Linux OS's. I can connect using SSH, never a problem. But about half of the server do not let me connect using SCP for file transfers. The message it says is: Permission to change to the selected directory was denied. The directory was not changed. I use the same password for all and have LDAP server. I checked my password, but nothing will let me get to these paticular servers?

    I use WinSCP for these servers and connect with no problem? What's going on here?

    Jdwyer@PTSnetwork.com

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  19. Save & load groups of sessions

    Everytime I open penguinet I open four different connections, and then tile them horizontally. it would be great to be able to:

    1) Save a group of connections, and their window locations so you can load the entire group at once and restore your workspace.

    2) Have "Reconnect" windows appear in the exact same place/size as the original window.

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  20. Please could we have the option to add a "side bar" showing the connection profiles down the right side of the main window

    Please could we have the option to add a "side bar" showing the connection profiles down the right side of the main window. A bit like showing the bookmarks in Firefox. This wil show which profiles are connected and allow you to fire up a new one. Similar to MS's Remote Desktop Connection Manager, but for SSH obviously.

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